About me

Hi! My name is Leslie Martinez and I am a designer and researcher. I'm passionate about finding solutions for problems through better design. I'm a problem solver and systems thinker. People are important to me, which is why I put them first when designing.

I recently completed my MS in Integrated Digital Media from NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering. In January of 2016 I joined a team of researchers from Design for America of NYU in conducting prototyping at an OpenIDEO project site in Kathmandu, Nepal. You might have seen me running demo sessions for the NYC Media Lab. Previously I've worked as a communications manager for an art organization in Guatemala and has also spent several years providing legal services to unaccompanied immigrant minors in South Florida. My collaborators at The Digital Citizens Lab and I are recipients of the 2016 Processing Fellowship.  

In March I began a 14-week residency at TED Conferences where I'll continue my research in redesigning ways unaccompanied immigrant children can access 'know your rights' information. In February I was lead organizer for Hack the Ban, a hackathon that matched creatives and technologists with organizations supporting the Muslim and immigrant communities of New York City. 

I am currently the Program Manager for the Ecologies of Migrant Care Initiative at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics

As seen above, I give side-eye to tech that is a solution in search of a problem. 



User interviews
Competitive analysis
Qualitative research

Adobe InDesign
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Premiere
Adobe Experience Design

Native speaker in
English & Spanish

Speaking engagements

  • TED Residency Spring 2017
  • HackNY July 2017